Improving primary care through information. A Wonca keynote paper.


Kinder, K; Pettigrew, LM; (2014) Improving primary care through information. A Wonca keynote paper. The European journal of general practice, 20 (4). pp. 333-6. ISSN 1381-4788 DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/13814788.2014.930733

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Abstract

Information from health care encounters across the entire health care spectrum, when consistently collected, analysed and applied can provide a clearer picture of patients' history as well as current and future needs through a better understanding of their morbidity burden and health care experiences. It can facilitate clinical activity to target limited resources to those patients most in need through risk adjustment mechanisms that consider the morbidity burden of populations, and it can help target quality improvement and cost saving activities in the right places. It can also open the door to a new chapter of evidence-based medicine around multi-morbidity. In summary, it can support a better integrated health system where primary care can provide continuous, coordinated, and comprehensive person-centred care to those who could benefit most. This paper explores the potential uses of information collected in electronic health records (EHRs) to inform case-mix and predictive modelling, as well as the associated challenges, with a particular focus on their application to primary care.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 25115597
Web of Science ID: 345237900015
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3716381

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